The Girl Who Slept with God

  • by Val Brelinski
  • Narrated by Abby Craden
  • 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinski's powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious and strong-willed Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mother's depression and Grace's religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she's pregnant with - she believes - the child of God.
Distraught, Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at the edge of the town. There, they prepare for the much-awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck.
The Girl Who Slept with God is a literary achievement about a family's desperate need for truth, love, purity, and redemption.


Audible Editor Reviews

"[An] engaging debut.... A heartrending portrait of the challenges of accepting and rejecting both faith and family and realizing that decisions aren't always so straightforward." (Library Journal)


What the Critics Say

"The Girl Who Slept with God.... Treats its characters as people...allowing each of them to be fascinating, full-hearted, noble, confused...right, and wrong by turns, in a way that feels like life." (Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

unique story

i found the title not really an accurate one as Jory is main character not Grace. the descriptions are wonderful and so is character development. definitely worth it.
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- Kindle Customer


Written with a big heart but a scalpel too. Strikes hard at the questions of faith, family, and forgiveness. Did the author really write a Dostoyevsky Grand Inquisitor scene between a tweener girl and a druggie ice cream man? This book is impressive on many levels. Recommended without reservations.
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- Ignatius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio